What to expect from the Gopen Writing Seminars

The fall 2019 Gopen Writing Seminar will be held on Monday, November 18, 8:00-5:00pm.


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Dr. Gopen will demonstrate that readers take most of their clues for the interpretive process not from word choice nor from word meanings, but rather from the structural location of words in a sentence.  Where a word appears tends to control what use readers make of that word.  To take from a sentence not merely some sense but rather the precise sense you intended, readers must know the following from you:

  1. What is going on here?
  2. Whose story is this? 
  3. How does this sentence connect to the one you just finished reading? 
  4. How does this sentence lean forward to where you might be going from here?
  5. And, most important of all, which words should be read with extra emphasis because they are the stars of the show?  Quite remarkably, we as readers consistently expect to find the answers to all these questions in specific locations within the sentence. 

These Reader Expectations will be the focus of this workshop.

Dr. Gopen will demonstrate how to control the way in which readers travel from sentence to sentence, thereby following the flow of your intended thought.  This will lead in turn to a consideration of what expectations readers have of the shape and movement of thought in a paragraph.